Why API Security?
Nearly every enterprise is moving to the cloud, and in the cloud, everything is based on APIs. Gartner predicts that by 2022, API attacks will be the most-frequent vector used to breach enterprise networks.
“From banks, retail and transportation to IoT, autonomous vehicles and smart cities, APIs are a critical part of modern mobile, SaaS and web applications and can be found in customer-facing, partner-facing and internal applications. [APIs] have increasingly become a target for attackers. Without secure APIs, rapid innovation would be impossible.”
Moving to the Cloud
APIs Are Everywhere
Enterprises are rapidly moving to the cloud, leveraging public and private cloud platforms to stand up internal IT infrastructure and to connect with other enterprises, vendors, and government agencies. Today, over 90 percent of all enterprises use hybrid or multi-cloud networks.
APIs are the glue that stitch together hybrid, multi-cloud, and enterprise networks. Today, the vast majority of network traffic between machines is through APIs. They are proliferating faster than they can be registered and controlled using traditional security and management tools.
“Despite growing awareness of API security, breaches continue to occur. API management and web application firewall vendors, as well as new startups, are addressing the problem. But application leaders independently must design and execute an effective API security strategy to protect their APIs.”
An Attractive Target
APIs Are Vulnerable
API security lags behind the maturity of other cybersecurity solutions. The cybersecurity industry has spent billions of dollars to securely connect humans to networks, but API security for machine-to-machine connections is an emerging field. The lack of focus on API security has resulted in a significant increase in damaging API-based attacks over the last few years.
The compromise of API credentials is now a ‘Top 10’ cybersecurity concern among government and enterprises. Hackers and state actors are using compromised API credentials to breach networks, steal data, and highjack applications.
API Security Needs A New Approach
Today, many API security offerings rely on heuristics, traffic analysis, or artificial intelligence. These approaches are vulnerable to false positives and negatives and require the security technology to always stay a step ahead of attackers, which has often proven impossible. Other API security approaches rely on complex management of “secrets” such as API tokens, certs or keys. These approaches are too complex for modern cloud deployments and are vulnerable to attacks against key management schemes. Once a static API credential is compromised, it can be used by anyone from any location.
Corsha’s technology has an elegant yes/no approach that does not rely on analyzing traffic or managing complex ‘secrets’ schemes. Our platform has been specifically engineered for modern cloud deployments.